Lauren Hirsch covers the consumer and retail industries for CNBC. She joined in 2017 from Reuters, where she was team leader of the M&A group, focusing on breaking consumer and retail deals. Hirsch studied comparative literature at Cornell University and has her MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
Scott Gottlieb, MD, is a physician and served as the 23rd Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Gottlieb’s work focuses on advancing public health through developing and implementing innovative approaches to improving medical outcomes, reshaping healthcare delivery and expanding consumer choice and safety. Dr. Gottlieb is an aggressive advocate for advancing the health of patients, promoting healthcare access and driving innovation. The agency’s historic and prolific advances in new policy distinguished his tenure as the FDA’s commissioner, in addition to a record-setting number of approvals of novel drugs, medical devices and generic medicines.
Under his leadership, the FDA advanced new frameworks for the modern, safe and effective oversight of gene therapies, cell based regenerative medicines, targeted drugs and digital health devices. The agency implemented new reforms to standardize drug reviews and make historic improvements of post market data collection and the use of real world evidence. They promoted policies to reduce death and disease from tobacco, improve food innovation and safety and aggressively confront addiction crises.
Previously, Dr. Gottlieb served as the FDA’s deputy commissioner for Medical and Scientific Affairs and, before that, as a senior adviser to the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, where he helped advance policies to improve healthcare quality and promote the effective use of new medical technologies. A healthcare futurist, he has worked as a venture capitalist, founder and board member to companies that have developed new medicines and advance the delivery of healthcare.
Dr. Gottlieb is widely published in leading medical journals and periodicals, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The Washington Post. He has held editorial positions on the British Medical Journal and the Journal of the American Medical Association and appears regularly as a guest commentator on CNBC. Fortune magazine recognized him as one of the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders” in 2018 and again in 2019. Modern Healthcare named Dr. Gottlieb as one of the “Most Influential Physician Executive and Leaders” in its annual survey of 50 physician executives and Time magazine named Gottlieb one of its “50 People Transforming Healthcare in 2018.”
Dr. Gottlieb was a practicing hospitalist and a clinical assistant professor at the New York University School of Medicine. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC.
Sarah Michelle Gellar is a Golden Globe nominee and Emmy winning actress best known for her roles in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, ABC’s All My Children, CBS’s The Crazy Ones and Cruel Intentions, among others.
Off screen, Gellar lends her time and support to child and hunger organizations as an advocate and activist. She works closely with No Kid Hungry and Good+ Foundation as well as the nonprofit organization CARE.
In October 2015, Gellar stepped into a new role as entrepreneur, co-founding Foodstirs (www.foodstirs.com) along with Galit Laibow and Greg Fleishman. Foodstirs is an organic baking kit and mix brand that offers convenient, delicious and better-for-you ways to bring families together in the kitchen. From creative cooking kits to premium signature baking mixes, Foodstirs inspires imagination and curiosity, while emphasizing the importance of a healthier lifestyle. Gellar’s new best-selling book, “Stirring Up Fun with Food” was published in April, 2017.
Galit Laibow is the chief executive officer and co-founder of Foodstirs, where she leads growth and innovation for the most sustainable baking mix brand in the world and works to reinvent the stagnant multibillion-dollar baking mix category. In less than two years, Galit has increased Foodstirs’ sales by more than 10 times and has successfully landed the brand’s USDA Organic baking mixes in more than 7,500 natural, conventional and big box retailers across the United States. Prior to starting Foodstirs, Galit co-founded Ink Public Relations – an agency focused on consumer lifestyle product companies – where she led her team in delivering innovative brand awareness campaigns and driving significant results for her clients for more than a decade.
Greg Fleishman is the president/COO and co-founder of Foodstirs along with Galit Laibow and actress Sarah Michelle Gellar. He’s spent the majority of his 20+ year career in the natural food and beverage industry and has been instrumental in shaping some of the most progressive products and hottest trends on grocery store shelves and online.
Greg’s extensive track record includes leading brands and companies within Suja, Sambazon, Kelloggs, Coke and Kashi plus launching more than 3,500 consumer products across 17 different categories and 12 countries. Greg is also the co-founder of Purely Righteous Brands where he advises leading natural products companies including Chameleon Cold-Brew, 4th & Heart, Counter Culture, REBBL and many other leading brands in the green space. Greg also co-founded Modern Alkeme SuperTonics with Larry Praeger.
Named to Forbes List of Top Consumer Catalysts of 2016, Greg currently serves on the Board of Directors for Demeter Biodynamic, Nuun, Lily’s, 4th & Heart and Once Upon a Farm.
Tom Szaky is founder and CEO of TerraCycle, a global leader in the collection and repurposing of complex waste streams. TerraCycle operates in 21 countries, working with some of the world’s largest brands, retailers and manufacturers to create national platforms to recycle products and packaging that currently go to landfill or incineration.
Through TerraCycle, Tom is creating circular solutions for hundreds of waste streams such as cigarette butts, dirty diapers and used chewing gum that otherwise have no path to be recycled. TerraCycle operates the largest supply chain for ocean plastic in the world, partnering with companies to integrate this material into their packaging.
In January 2019, TerraCycle, along with 25 top consumer products companies and retailers, announced a new e-commerce shopping platform called Loop that will enable consumers to shop for some of their favorite brands in durable, reusable packaging. Launching in May, Loop is a key step in helping to end the epidemic of waste that is caused by ‘single use’ consumption.
Tom and TerraCycle have received hundreds of social, environmental and business awards and recognition from a range of organizations including the United Nations, World Economic Forum, Fortune Magazine and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Tom is the author of four books, “Revolution in a Bottle” (2009), “Outsmart Waste” (2014), “Make Garbage Great” (2015) and “The Future of Packaging” (2019). Tom created, produced and starred in TerraCycle’s reality show, “Human Resources” which aired on Pivot from 2014-2016 and is syndicated in more than 20 foreign markets on Amazon and iTunes.
Caroline Levy is the senior beverages, household products and personal care analyst at Macquarie, based in New York City. Caroline has been a consumer stock analyst for more than 20 years, beginning her career on the buy side in South Africa and continuing on the sell side following her move to New York. She has followed sectors including restaurants, beverages, household/personal care and lodging/cruise lines. Prior to joining Macquarie, Caroline spent eight years as a managing director and senior analyst in the research department at CLSA. She also headed the consumer research team at UBS, where she was COO in U.S. research and chair of the Investment Review Committee. Caroline brings a broad and deep perspective to the industries she covers resulting from an extensive network of strong business relationships, expertise in Asia from her eight years at a leading Asian research firm and her long-term coverage of the sectors. She has made numerous media appearances including CNBC’s “Mad Money with Jim Cramer” and Bloomberg. Additionally, she has been recognized multiple times in the Institutional Investor All-Star Survey and The Wall Street Journal survey for stock picking and earnings accuracy.
Kaumil Gajrawala is a managing director covering the beverage and household & personal care products sectors. Kaumil brings more than 20 years of analytical experience to this role both on the buyside and sellside, with 16 years focused on the consumer sector. Most recently, Kaumil has spent the last five years covering global consumer products at Manikay Partners, an investment firm. Prior to Manikay, he was a top-three ranked Beverage analyst at UBS, according to Institutional Investor. Kaumil holds a bachelor of science in finance from Rutgers University.
Ben Arnold is senior director of innovation and trends at the Consumer Technology Association (CTA),™ the U.S. trade association representing more than 2,200 consumer technology companies and which owns and produces CES® – The Global Stage for Innovation.
Arnold joined CTA in May 2018 with a decade of experience as a consumer technology analyst. Serving as CTA’s lead spokesman on industry trends, Ben regularly authors reports, delivers presentations and engages companies in briefings on a variety of topics pertaining to the technology market. His work has been cited by international media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Wired and he has written for CNET, TWICE (This Week in Consumer Electronics) and Black Enterprise. In 2014, Ben was named to Dealerscope Magazine’s “40 under 40” list of industry standouts.
Prior to joining CTA, Ben held analyst positions at The NPD Group, CTA and USA Today/Gannett. He has a B.A. in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia.
Dr. Alexis Crow leads the Geopolitical Investing practice at PwC, helping leading corporations and asset managers to capitalize on dislocations in order to profit and expand around the globe. Previously, she was managing director at New York-based G2 Investment Group, where she was responsible for developing investment strategies for the firm and for providing counsel on geopolitical issues across asset classes.
Prior to joining G2, Dr. Crow was an expert at the London, U.K. -based think tank Chatham House (Royal Institute of International Affairs), where she led a project on managing risk across cultural boundaries and which facilitated dialogue between governments, business executives and thought leaders in key global hotspots. Crow is a regular speaker on economics, finance and geopolitics in conferences and thought leadership forums in Europe, Asia, the United States and the Middle East.
Previously, Dr. Crow was a teaching fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She also worked as an analyst at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London, and managed the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, St. Andrews, Scotland. Dr. Crow holds a First Class MA in International Relations from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, and a Masters and Ph.D. from the London School of Economics. She is fluent in French and Spanish, and has a working knowledge of Portuguese, Italian and beginners Hindi. Dr. Crow has contributed frequently to international print, radio and television media, including The Financial Times, The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Bloomberg, BBC, BBC Arabic, France 24, Al-Jazeera, Xinhua, CNN, The Washington Post and World Post/Huffington Post. She is a guest lecturer at Columbia Business School and Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), and is a Senior Fellow at Columbia Business School.
Max Elder is a research director in the Food Futures Lab at the Institute for the Future, the world’s leading futures thinking organization. Max has led work around the world with food companies like Barilla and Campbell’s; major foundations like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; and innovative technology companies like Google and Intel. He has written for and been quoted in The New York Times, The Guardian, NPR, Quartz, Fast Company and many others. Elder has published in dozens of peer-reviewed journals and books; his research is taught at universities from Harvard to Oxford; and he speaks around the world on topics related to food systems and ethics.